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Early Request for António Campinos to Cooperate With EPO Staff Survey (Which Later Showed Less Than 1 in 33 EPO Workers Trust Him)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This survey would later show that Campinos is even less popular than the notorious Benoît Battistelli (at analogous points in time during their terms) and nobody trusts the Administrative Council

Letter to António Campinos

Summary: Before talks broke down (causing the first call for dissent) António Campinos was asked whether the official (elected) Staff Representation would be permitted to contact (by E-mail) members of staff to participate in a periodic survey 9 years in the making

The “4th edition Technologia EPO Staff Survey,” as the EPO‘s Staff Representation explained it last year, was just one of many, spanning about a decade. Benoît Battistelli let them go on with this survey, so why won’t António Campinos? They just try to obstruct such surveys — however difficult this may be (they end up union-busting, brutalising and bullying staff representatives in The Hague) — because Office management commissions its own fake ones (to make the staff look happier and more satisfied than it really is; we last covered this last month).

“They just try to obstruct such surveys — however difficult this may be (they end up union-busting, brutalising and bullying staff representatives in The Hague) — because Office management commissions its own fake ones (to make the staff look happier and more satisfied than it really is; we last covered this last month).”In their own words: “In 2010, 2013 and 2016 the Staff Representation ran an EPO-wide Staff Survey with the support of SUEPO and the company Technologia, which is well known for its expertise in the field of psychosocial risks analysis and prevention. The Technologia survey would complement the recently run Office survey “Your voice, our future”, by providing data on any psychosocial risks in our organisation.

“Running the Technologia EPO Staff Survey anew in 2019 will allow internal benchmarking, i.e. assessing the trend within the EPO by comparing new results with past ones (more than 90% of the questions are identical from one edition to the next). It is in the interest of all, management and staff, to know exactly how psychosocial risks evolve within the Office.”

“The CSC [staff committee] has requested the President to authorise the use of EPO channels to facilitate this survey,” they said last year. Here’s the full latter, an open letter (to staff at least).

Reference: sc19067cl -0.3.1/0.2.4
Date: 15.05.2019

Mr António Campinos
President of the EPO

ISAR – R.1081

Open letter

Fourth edition of the Technologia EPO Staff Survey

Dear Mr President,

In 2010, 2013 and 2016 the Staff Representation ran an EPO-wide Staff Survey with the support of SUEPO and the company Technologia, which is well known for its expertise in the field of psychosocial risks analysis and prevention.

In 2019 it is now time to organise the fourth edition of the Office-wide Technologia EPO Staff Survey. The timing appears particularly appropriate because this survey would complement the recently run Office survey “Your voice, our future”, by providing data on any psychosocial risks in our organisation.

Running the Technologia EPO Staff Survey anew in 2019 will also allow internal benchmarking, i.e. assessing the trend within the EPO by comparing new results with past ones (more than 90% of the questions are identical from one edition to the next). It is in the interest of all, management and staff, to know exactly how psychosocial risks evolve within the Office.

The union SUEPO has again kindly accepted to be our partner in this project. Nevertheless, the logistics would be much simpler if you authorised the dispatch of individual survey access codes to all staff members at their @epo.org email address.


We hope you will agree to authorise the use of EPO channels to facilitate this survey. We ask for the courtesy of an answer by close of business on 12 June 2019.

We look forward to hearing from you soon, and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.

Yours sincerely,

Joachim Michels
Chairman of the Central Staff Committee

The letter sent two weeks later explains the outcome.

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